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Q&A How to track down target atom for svg to pass to xclip

Background The xclip manual mentions use of targets: -t, -target specify a particular data format using the given target atom. With -o the special target atom name "TARGETS" can be used t...

0 answers  ·  posted 6mo ago by young_souvlaki‚Ä≠

Question xclip target-atom
#1: Initial revision by user avatar young_souvlaki‚Ä≠ · 2022-08-02T17:26:28Z (6 months ago)
How to track down target atom for svg to pass to xclip
# Background
The xclip manual mentions use of targets:
> -t, -target
>               specify  a  particular  data format using the given target atom.  With -o the special target atom name
>               "TARGETS" can be used to get a list of valid target atoms for this selection.   For  more  information
>               about target atoms refer to ICCCM section 2.6.2



But [examples](https://askubuntu.com/a/759660/1127489) show a different
format from what is shown in [ICCCM section
2.6](https://tronche.com/gui/x/icccm/sec-2.html).2.

# Question
How do I figure out what the target atom is for an svg? Especially by
using the documentation (`man xclip`).

# Tried
The manual mentioned:
> With -o the special target atom name "TARGETS" can be used to get a
> list of valid target atoms for this selection.

but running:
```sh
xclip -i visualization.png
xclip -o -t TARGETS
```

gives:
```sh
  TARGETS
  UTF8_STRING
```